IllinoisTimes - Editor's Note http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-140-1-editors-note.html Fri, 22 Sep 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Editor’s note 9/21/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19148-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-9_21_17.html Editor’s note 9/21/17
 Many of us of a certain age are this week reliving a painful chapter of our past with nightly installments of Ken Burns’ documentary The Vietnam War on public TV. For me it’s not just revisi...]]>
Editor's Note 9/14/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19127-editors-note-9_14_17.html Editor's Note 9/14/17
Welcome back, Hillary. Some say she never left the public political scene, but the thoughtful talk Hillary Clinton has been giving to the media on her book promotion tour remind us how much a tough, w...]]>
Editor’s note 8/31/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19077-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-8_31_17.html Editor’s note 8/31/17
 After years of crowing about his pro-business agenda, Gov. Bruce Rauner has finally signed a pro-business reform into law. It’s called school aid formula reform, and it, together with increase...]]>
Editor's Note 8/24/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19048-editors-note-8_24_17.html Editor's Note 8/24/17
During his nationwide address Monday night, President Trump seemed proud of himself for changing his mind on Afghanistan, America’s longest war. For years he has criticized the nation’s involvemen...]]>
Editor’s note 8/17/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19004-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-8_17_17.html Editor’s note 8/17/17
 After President Trump came out with his second Charlottesville statement on Monday, this one denouncing racism and the Ku Klux Klan, some listeners were ready to say it’s OK if he took 48 hour...]]>
Editor's Note 8/10/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18988-editors-note-8_10_17.html Editor's Note 8/10/17
If you had to choose politician-of-the-month between Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner, which would you pick? One threatens nuclear war, but then his secretary of state says ignore it, there’s nothing t...]]>
Editor’s note 8/3/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18957-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-8_3_17.html Editor’s note 8/3/17
 Last week I strolled around the U.S. Capitol in the early evening, stopping for a while to watch an orderly protest rally against the Republican plan to obliterate Obamacare, at that hour being...]]>
Editor's Note 7/27/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18945-editors-note-7_27_17.html Editor's Note 7/27/17
Gov. Bruce Rauner has a plan for schools, but he won’t disclose it or verify his financial projections until the General Assembly sends him their bill so he can veto it. He has called the legislatur...]]>
Editor’s note 7/20/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18909-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-7_20_17.html Editor’s note 7/20/17
Peter Baker, the New York Times chief White House correspondent, was in Springfield the day Republican plans to dismantle Obamacare fell apart. It’s not easy for a president to dismantle a predecess...]]>
Editor's Note 7/13/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18890-editors-note-7_13_17.html Editor's Note 7/13/17
 It is a great relief that a reasonable state budget and a tax increase to pay for it have become law. This was accomplished by overriding the governor’s veto, with the help of some courageous...]]>
Editor’s note 7/6/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18862-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-7_6_17.html Editor’s note 7/6/17
Oh thank goodness. New Jersey finally resolved its budget impasse, while there were similar budget cliffhangers in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina. In New Jersey, the stalemate had stretche...]]>
Editor's Note 6/29/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18839-editors-note-6_29_17.html Editor's Note 6/29/17
After a Republican sweep of four recent elections for House seats, Democrats are doing some soul searching about how to regain their momentum. They need a positive economic program, some are saying, r...]]>
Editor's Note 6/22/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18816-editors-note-6_22_17.html Editor's Note 6/22/17
 That Gov. Bruce Rauner has a limitless capacity for audacity is well known. Yet his Tuesday evening plea for bipartisan “unity” while he is bankrolling ads attacking Democrats for supporting...]]>
Editor’s note http://illinoistimes.com/article-18789-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note.html Editor’s note
 With school out and summer heating up, bored kids get into trouble, sometimes with guns. After a signal from Mayor Jim Langfelder that  the way to address teen violence is with activities a...]]>
Editor's Note 6/8/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18759-editors-note-6_8_17.html Editor's Note 6/8/17
I’m pleased to announce that Michelle Ownbey was recently promoted to publisher of Illinois Times and Springfield Business Journal. She was associate publisher of Springfield Business Journal since...]]>
Editors Note 6/1/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18728-editors-note-6_1_17.html Editors Note 6/1/17
 If you are like me and Trump and Rauner are about to get you down, it’s time to dig in the dirt and put some seeds in the ground. “When the world wearies and ceases to satisfy, there is alwa...]]>
Editors Note 5/25/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18709-editors-note-5_25_17.html Editors Note 5/25/17
It doesn’t help much for Illinois editorialists to get angry, bang the table and shout “Unacceptable” about the Statehouse budget impasse, or “Enough,” as they did a year ago. The neutral, b...]]>
Editor's Note 5/18/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18676-editors-note-5_18_17.html Editor's Note 5/18/17
It was the largest commencement in University of Illinois Springfield history, with 1,270 graduates walking across the stage. Their poetic names – Indian, African, Middle Eastern, Chicagoan – refl...]]>
Editors Note 5/11/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18649-editors-note-5_11_17.html Editors Note 5/11/17
 At the Better Government Association’s Monday evening forum on “The Future of News: Covering the Capitol,” more than one of the journalists and editors on the panel agreed the news busines...]]>
Editors Note 5/4/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18607-editors-note-5_4_17.html Editors Note 5/4/17
 A year ago, Mayor Jim Langfelder in his state of the city address talked about streamlining the city’s approach to requests for public records. Now, the city is saying that drafts of an enviro...]]>
Editor's Note 4/27/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18587-editors-note-4_27_17.html Editor's Note 4/27/17
As the U. S. Senate heads to the White House to hear the administration’s assessment of North Korea’s nuclear capability, and as President Trump continues his threat to use preemptive military str...]]>
Editors Note 4/20/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18561-editors-note-4_20_17.html Editors Note 4/20/17
As our Chris Britt says in his inimitable way on p. 4, nobody is excited about the current crop of Democratic candidates for governor. Long gone are the days when a powerful political machine could pu...]]>
Editor's Note 4/13/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18535-editors-note-4_13_17.html Editor's Note 4/13/17
Every Good Friday for the past 30 years or so a small group of Christians and other compassionate activists follow someone carrying a big wooden cross around downtown, stopping occasionally to sing an...]]>
Editors Note 4/6/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18488-editors-note-4_6_17.html Editors Note 4/6/17
 If you haven’t yet been to the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, get there. The new location, a building leased from the city just outside the Monument Avenue e...]]>
Editor's Note 3/30/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18462-editors-note-3_30_17.html Editor's Note 3/30/17
Other than that, Jackie, how was the conference?If you tried to email Springfield Housing Authority executive director Jackie Newman earlier this week, you received this automatic reply:“I am curren...]]>
Editors Note 3/23/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18436-editors-note-3_23_17.html Editors Note 3/23/17
 It gave us a shudder to hear the new secretary of state rattling his saber this week about Korea. The policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea is over, he said, and “all options are...]]>
Editor's Note 3/16/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18408-editors-note-3_16_17.html Editor's Note 3/16/17
Dr. Jerry Kruse, dean and provost of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, has weighed in against the current Republican legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. His...]]>
Editors Note 3/9/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18382-editors-note-3_9_17.html Editors Note 3/9/17
It is now looking increasingly unlikely that Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly will come up with a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. After Gov. Bruce Rauner withdrew his support from Senat...]]>
Editor's Note 3/2/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18353-editors-note-3_2_17.html Editor's Note 3/2/17
There is room for hope that the state Senate will do the right thing and pass the package of “grand bargain” bills over to the House, where there will be more bargaining and eventually, finally, a...]]>
Editors Note 2/23/17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18327-editors-note-2_23_17.html Editors Note 2/23/17
 When headlines warn “Millions face possible deportation,” Springfield should heed the warning. Although this is not a haven for the undocumented, as major cities and border towns may be, new...]]>